Pubdate: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 Source: Province, The (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Postmedia Network Inc. Contact: http://www2.canada.com/theprovince/letters.html Website: http://www.theprovince.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/476 Author: Sam Cheek ANTI-DRUG LOBBY CAN LEARN FROM PROHIBITIONS FALLOUT There has been a lot of controversy recently about the legalization of marijuana. I have never used marijuana and don't condone its use for anything but medical purposes. And I have been opposed to the legalization of it all my life, and I am now a senior citizen. However, I recently watched a three-part documentary on the prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. As I saw what happened there when prohibition came in, I see almost the same occurrences here in Canada - -- and other countries -- regarding the prohibition of marijuana and other drugs. As far as I can see, we would be a lot better off with the legalization and control of these drugs. For those who oppose the legalization of these drugs, I suggest they take a close look at the prohibition era in the U.S. and see what happened before, during and after prohibition. I concur with the former mayors of Vancouver and urge the people in control to seriously consider legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana. Sam Cheek Surrey - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.